As temperatures rise, so do many safety risks. Whether your plans include a holiday or time off at home, check out these 5 helpful heat-wave tips.
As temperatures rise, so do many safety risks. Whether your plans include a holiday or time off at home, check out these 5 helpful tips, designed to keep you safe during the hottest months of the year:
Safety Away from Home
Summer holidays means time away from home, and for many kids, this means holidays with friends and camping. As in any close quarters, this also means the risk of communicable diseases. Stress good hygiene practices before children leave home, and instruct them not to share personal items like toothbrushes, water bottles, or towels with other children.
Don’t Forget Pets
Animals suffer from the heat, too. Remember to make sure they have adequate supplies of water and food when you are away, even if just for one afternoon. Fans don’t help animals as much as people because of their furs, so if possible, make sure your animal has an air-conditioned place to retreat to. Avoid walking dogs on concrete during hot, sunny days and never leave an animal in a car, even with the windows cracked open.
There are many articles out there about how to keep kids safe in water during the summer. And while we all know that drinking lots of fluids is key to surviving hot days, be sure to balance this with sports drinks or foods that contain sodium. Sodium helps the body retain water, and prevents the kidneys from overworking.
Avoid a Summer Cold
If you’re planning time away from running water, anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitisers can help keep icky germs at bay. Bring some along to the beach and on picnics, bike rides, and other outdoor activities. If you do get sick, don’t be tempted to keep going just because everyone else is out having fun. Treat a summer cold with the same seriousness as a winter infection, with extra rest and hydration.
Keep an Eye on the Elderly
Check on older relatives, and be sure they have the resources and ability to endure warmer temperatures. On hot and humid days, older people and those with chronic health problems should stay indoors in cool areas. Those without air conditioners relocate to cooler places like senior centres, shopping centres, the movies or libraries.
Summer Safety All Year Round
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